In a nutshell, the study and research of the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints, nerves, etc.) is known as orthopedics. Orthopedics was first developed to treat children who had crippling or debilitating diseases.
In fact the word “orthopedic” is derived from the Greek words “ortho,” meaning straight, and “pais,” meaning children or pediatric. Modern orthopedic physicians treat everyone, no matter their age. In general chronic pain, rheumatic diseases, musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis all are part of the large umbrella orthopedics.
While there are many general orthopedists, quite a few physicians specialize in specific parts of the anatomy or certain diseases. Inside the big umbrella of orthopedics there are a number of specialties including:
Arthritis and osteoarthritis
Injury care including fractures
Joint replacement surgery
Back & Spine Surgery
Hip Injuries& Replacement
Shoulder Injuries& Replacement
Foot & Ankle Surgery
Physical and Occupational Therapy
When To See An Orthopedic Physician
Many people wonder if they should visit an orthopedic specialist or go to their primary care doctor. There are some specific times that it may speed recovery time to visit the orthopedist directly. Anytime that that there is a suspected traumatic or repetitive motion injury to a bone, joint, tendon or nerve an orthopedic doctor is your best choice for treatment. If the patient is experiencing chronic joint or bone pain, diagnosed with a rheumatic disease, or have arthritis an orthopedic specialist is an important part of treatment.
Some Diseases and Conditions Treated By Orthopedists
There are many diseases, conditions, and injuries treated by orthopedic specialists. A few of these diseases include:
Osteoporosis of the Hip
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Spine and Neck
Cauda Equina Syndrome
De Quervain’s Tendinitis
Bone, Joint, and Muscle Infections in Children
Limb Length Discrepancy
Infections after FractureLyme Disease
Finding an Orthopedic Physician
When looking to get orthopedic care it is important to take into consideration the condition that needs treatment. Finding a specialist in the specific issue can speed along the healing process greatly. The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute has specialist in almost every area of orthopedic care. To find a physician to treat a certain disease, condition, or injury search our database of physicians to find one that has the ability to provide expert specialized care. Once a physician is found, it is easy to make an appointment by calling the phone number on the doctor’s biography page or requesting an appointment through our contact form.
*The blog is for general information and educational purposes only regarding musculoskeletal conditions. The information provided does not constitute the practice of medicine or other healthcare professional services, including the giving of medical advice, and no doctor-patient relationship is formed. Readers with musculoskeletal conditions should seek the advice of their healthcare professionals without delay for any condition they have. The use of the information is at the reader’s own risk. The content is not intended to replace diagnosis, treatment or medical advice from your treating healthcare professional.